(Raw) Sour Cream

Ohhh yum. My 3 year old is really fussy about anything saucy or creamy but he loves this and so do I! Here he is enjoying some sour cream dip and veggies after an afternoon building a garden box.

Enjoy this sour cream with carrots, cucumber or celery, on tacos (raw or cooked) or dip crackers in it. Some people like to add garlic or chives to turn it into an delicious aioli. It also makes a great dressing for salad.

❤ It’s so tasty!

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INGREDIENTS

1 & 1/2 cup cashews (soaked for at least 1 hour in hot water or overnight in cold)
1/2 cup water
2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
The juice of 1 lemon
1/2 teaspoon of salt

INSTRUCTIONS

Blend all ingredients until it takes on a whipped consistency. Add a dash more water if needed to get things moving, and a wee pinch more salt (if you like) to taste.

MASTER TIP/SOAKING ALTERNATIVE: to make a really creamy dressing what you should do is first turn the cashews into a fine flour by blending them dry first. Then add all other ingredients and blend. This results in a smoother, faster cream.

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The Ultimate Most Perfect, Inexpensive, Quick Vegan Ice Cream Base Recipe; Scoops From The Freezer Like A Dream. Life Will Never Be The Same! Aah!

What a time to be alive.

This is my gift to the people. It feels like the pinnacle of my contribution to veganism. I take full credit for the modification of other vegan ice cream recipes into an incredibly simple, quick, cheap recipe – with no fancy ingredients – that scoops directly from the freezer with the perfect softness.

Right now I only recommend this one particular brand of coconut cream, but it’s the ubiquitous Woolworths Homebrand Coconut Cream found in Countdown supermarkets for $1.20 per tin.

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INGREDIENTS:

1/2 cup sugar (I prefer coconut sugar)
1/4 cup maple syrup (I use the inexpensive imitation stuff)
2 tins Woolworths Homebrand Coconut Cream
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt

INSTRUCTIONS:

Ensure your ice cream maker bowl has been frozen for at least 24 hours.

Put all ingredients into a pan and stir over a low head until sugar has dissolved – no need to boil. Place mixture in freezer or fridge until very cold.

Once cold assemble ice cream maker and pour mixture into bowl. Churn until very thick. Return churned ice cream to freezer and freeze. You should be able to eat this as ice cream after it’s been frozen for around 1 and a half hours.

Makes 850ish mLs.

This is absolutely as delicious as the fancy brands that are around $8 for 400mLs.

This is the vanilla recipe and it operates as a base, flavour this any way you damn well please.

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NOTE:  If you are a rebel and a troublemaker with no regard for potential waste you can trial other cheaper brands of coconut cream. You’re a braver kind than me. Let me know how you go. One of the most important thing to avoid is the formation of oil on top of your mixture. If oil forms it will destroy your batch. Watch out for that with other brands. If oil forms, remove as much as you can. You may also use coconut sugar and agave to make it low GI. Experiment with Stevia and Erythritol; the world is yours.

Ultimate Raw Brownies

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This is so simple.

INGREDIENTS

Approximately 100g LSC (blended linseed, sunflower, chia seeds)
Cocoa
6 pre-soaked medjool dates (takes 5 minutes)
2 teaspoons of coconut oil
A dash of water to make it “doughy” if required

INSTRUCTIONS

Blend, press into squares, dehydrate.

Raw-ish Banoffee Pie

Banoffe Pie is notoriously rich and sweet so I really suggest berries here to offset the sweetness. The toffee sauce is next level; count on it.

This didn’t take that long to make, I probably spent about 20 minutes in the kitchen. 

Dates soften in roughly 5 minutes in boiled water.

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 Biscuit layer:

Some LSA
1 pre-soaked date
1 tablespoon of cocoa powder
water to moisten into a dough

Blend, then press into a tin.

Banana layer:

Sliced bananas

Cream layer:

1/2 can of extremely thick coconut cream (I prefer Family Choice)
1 pre-soaked date
2 heaped dessert spoons of peanut butter
1 dessert spoon of coconut oil

Toffee:

10 presoaked dates
Vanilla
Dash of coconut cream to add creaminess
Salt to taste

 Toppings:

Cinnamon & strawberries.

Serve:

Firm up in the freezer (do not freeze), then serve.

Raw Sprout Sandwich with Quick Raw Bread

Once I make raw bread – which is incredibly quick to prepare – it lasts for days and then I can throw together beautiful sandwiches on the fly, such as this!

Raw bread simply requires you to put half a carrot into a food processor and process it finely, then mix LSA and a dash of water and a bit of salt until doughy. Flatten out and shape into thin sandwich shapes and dehydrate. Flip half way through.

Tahini sauce, sundried tomatoes, two-types of sprouts, avocado, sea-salt

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Beautiful Raw Chocolate Tart

This is lovely and so easy to make. I’m also happy to feed this to my 15 month old son because it’s not too sweet and all natural!

Yum

Base:

Blend 1/2 cup of LSA, some nuts and seeds, 1 or 2 dates (pitted and soaked for 5 minutes or until it softens) and cocoa. Add some water to moisten into a dough-like consistency and press into a dish.

Chocolate mousse topping:

Blend 1 avocado, 3 teaspoons vanilla, 6 dates (pitted and soaked for 5 minutes or until they soften), two bananas and cocoa to taste – I like mine rich, around 3 tablespoons. When you’re satisfied with the flavour spread the mousse onto the base and chill.

You can serve this chilled or frozen, I prefer to freeze it and then serve the slices and let them stand for about 10 minutes.

Beautiful.

Raw Passionfruit-Macadamia Biscuits With Strawberry & Lavender Spice

This is my first experimentation with lavender.

It’s a strong flavour so use sparingly.

These cookies are lovely and my 1 year old son loves them too. Don’t forgo the strawberry, that’s the freshness!

Note this person being wooed like putty. And THEY’RE PRETTY.

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BISCUIT INGREDIENTS

1.5 cups coconut
1/2 cup sliced almonds
3 teaspoons vanilla
4 heaped teaspoons macadamia nut butter (or other nut butter)
4 teaspoons syrup (yacon, maple, agave)
The seeds of 3 passionfruit
Generous pinch of salt
3 teaspoons coconut oil
Maybe water

GARNISH INGREDIENTS

Macadamia nut butter
Strawberry slices
Chopped lavendar flowers

INSTRUCTIONS

Blend all biscuit ingredients in a food processor. Adjust for consistency and taste. If too dry add a dash of water until biscuits can be shaped. If too wet add additional coconut. Top with a smear of macadamia nut butter, a slice of strawberry and a light sprinking of lavender.

Raw Asparagus, Dill and Hazelnut Salad with Macadamia-nut Vinaigrette

Lovely! Enjoy this fresh Summer salad with raw croutons or poppy-seed crackers.

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INGREDIENTS

Raw sliced asparagus
Thinly sliced iceberg lettuce
Handful of hazelnuts
Pumpkin seeds
An avocado, cubed
Dill
Tomato
Basil
Salt & Pepper
Lemon
Oil
Macadamia nut butter, cashew butter or similar
Crackers or croutons (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS

Slice lettuce, top with chopped asparagus, throw in a handful of hazelnuts, chopped avocado, a handful of pumpkin seeds, roughly chopped dill and a little tomato, Make up a vinaigrette of  50/50 lemon juice and oil, with pepper and two teaspoons of macadamia nut butter.  Toss the salad then stir through the vinaigrette. Serve garnished with basil, a spoonful of nut butter, salt, pepper and croutons or crackers.

Sprouts, Hummus & Plum Sauce Bagels

 

This idea was stolen from Mamata Organic Bakehouse. Thanks, Mamata! If you’re out and about in Grey Lynn of Auckland, New Zealand you can pop in and buy one.

Their bagels are particularly lovely and chewy; it doesn’t sound like much but once you try these you’ll swiftly become addicted.

Hummus, heaps and heaps and heaps of alfalfa sprouts, tomato, avocado, salt and pepper and plum sauce.

That’s it.

Yum.

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No Refined Sugar No Bake Healthy Hazelnut Afghan Biscuit Cookie Batter Bites

This is one of those “few handful” recipes. It’s really lovely way to enjoy afghan biscuits without all the sugar. Plus they’re gluten free!

Definitely kid-friendly – lots of healthy nuts – and they also enjoy collaborating on the build!

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70g pack hazelnuts
2 and a half teaspoons cocoa powder
2 big, heaped teaspoons peanut butter
3 teaspoons vanilla
A few walnuts, brazil nuts and raisins
2 teaspoons maple syrup or agave (optional)
2-3 big handfuls of cornflakes

Pulse hazelnuts in food processor until fine. Add cocoa powder, two heaped teaspoons peanut butter, vanilla, and a few brazil nuts, walnuts and raisins. Blend. Add a couple of  teaspoons of syrup (if desired) or more raisins to sweeten. Blend. Once doughy, remove from food processor and add to bowl. Mix in cornflakes by hand. Roll into balls. Enjoy!

Particularly nice with spiced chai  rooibos (red bush) tea.